No. 7 Anderson Co. at No. 4 Franklin Co.
at Benny Watkins Field
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
Radio: Froggy 104.9 FM (pre-game starts at 7:10)
Records: Franklin County (8-0), Anderson County (6-1)
Last week: Franklin County defeated Woodford County 76-55; Anderson County defeated West Jessamine 41-39.
FCHS notes: Franklin County will be playing for its second straight district title Friday night. Both the Flyers and Anderson County come into the game with 3-0 district records, and everyone else in the district has at least two district losses. FCHS found itself in a battle last week against Woodford County but outscored the Yellow Jackets 35-14 in the fourth quarter to pull out the win. Senior Ryan Timmons has rushed for 825 yards and caught 19 passes for 636 yards on the season. He’s scored 32 touchdowns – 20 rushing, 10 receiving and two on kickoff returns. Senior quarterback Logan Woodside has completed 75 passes out of 108 attempts for 1,720 yards and 25 touchdowns with four interceptions. Junior Lorenzo McCaskell has caught 16 passes for 458 yards and six touchdowns, and senior Greg Maupin has five touchdown catches. Freshman defensive back Landon Hurst has four interceptions and Woodside has three, and both have scored a touchdown on an interception return. Sophomore linebacker Jared Marshall leads the FCHS defense with 65.5 tackles.
A Look at Anderson County
Notes: After losing their season opener to Bryan Station the Bearcats have been on a roll, winning their last six games. Those wins include victories over district opponents Montgomery County (27-8), Woodford County (21-7) and West Jessamine (41-39). Sophomore Zach Carmichael has stepped in as the starting quarterback this year and thrown for 1,815 yards and 20 touchdowns. He’s completed 106 of 165 attempts with nine interceptions, and he’s also rushed for 381 yards and four touchdowns. Junior wide receiver Ross Cox has caught 38 passes for 879 yards and 11 touchdowns, and senior wide receiver Dusty Puckett has scored six touchdowns, catching 18 passes for 342 yards. Senior Granville Hayes has 343 yards and one touchdown in receptions, and he’s rushed for 495 yards and four scores. Cox, playing at defensive back, has four interceptions and leads the Bearcats with 32.5 tackles.
Garrard Co. at Western Hills at WHHS Football Field
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
Records: Western Hills (1-7), Garrard County (3-4)
Last week: Western Hills defeated Estill County 47-35; Bourbon County defeated Garrard County 28-8.
WHHS notes: Western Hills picked up its first win of the season last week and kept alive its playoff hopes. The Wolverines are now 1-2 in the district, as is Garrard County. WHHS fell behind 19-0 early in last week’s game but kept its focus to rally for the victory. Scoring 22 points in the second quarter, Western Hills pulled even at halftime and then outscored Estill 12-0 in the third quarter to go ahead 34-22. The Wolverines had two 100-yard rushers Friday – senior Casey McLean, the team’s leading rusher, finished with 150 yards and three touchdowns. Sophomore Nick Lockett rushed for 104 yards with one touchdown and two two-point conversions. Lockett also completed a halfback pass to Cody Williams for a touchdown, and senior Zach Hart scored twice from his fullback position.
A look at Garrard County
Mascot: Golden Lions
Notes: The Golden Lions went undefeated in district play last year on their way to the district title. This year Garrard has district losses to Bath County (21-20) and Bourbon County (28-8). Its district win came against Powell County (28-14) two weeks ago. Through six games junior running back Noah Williams had rushed for 742 yards and five touchdowns for the Golden Lions, and senior quarterback Billy Abney had completed 30 of 67 pass attempts for 425 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. Senior Garrett Caudill had caught six passes for 103 yards while junior Jacob Smith had six catches for 153 yards and two touchdowns. Freshman defensive back Slade Crutchfield had two interceptions, both of which he returned for touchdowns, and Caudill had a team-high 50 tackles.
No. 2 Frankfort at Bracken Co.At Howard Hall Complex, Brooksville
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
Records: Frankfort (6-1), Bracken County (5-2)
Last week: Frankfort defeated Paris 38-0; Eminence defeated Bracken County 18-13.
FHS notes: Frankfort got off on the right foot in district play last Friday, winning its district opener at Paris. The Panthers started slow, but they broke the ice with a six-yard touchdown pass from sophomore Jalen Washington to junior Dre Scott. It was Scott’s first touchdown of his varsity career, and it was Washington’s only pass this season. District play continues this week at Bracken County. Senior quarterback Chris Hawkins is 74-for-132 on the year for 1,574 yards and 15 touchdowns with nine interceptions. Senior Aaron Jackson has caught 36 passes for 923 yards and 10 touchdowns, and Washington has 23 catches for 444 yards and five touchdowns. Senior Teantre McGee has rushed for 424 yards and seven touchdowns, and Washington has 358 yards rushing with four touchdowns. Senior linebacker D.J. Washington leads FHS with 71 tackles, and sophomore linebacker Isaiah Jackson has 58 tackles.
A look at Bracken County
Mascot: Polar Bears
Notes: The Polar Bears faltered in their district opener last week, losing at Eminence. Through six games this season Bracken County has been led by junior quarterback Logan Houston, who had completed 38 of 83 passes for 805 yards and nine touchdowns with two interceptions. His favorite target has been senior wide receiver Jacob Houston who had 23 catches for 566 yards and seven touchdowns. Senior halfback Dallas Honan is Bracken’s leading rusher with 658 yards and seven touchdowns, and Connor Rigg has rushed for 559 yards and four touchdowns. The Polar Bear defense is led by senior defensive end Eli Florer and senior linebacker Jacob Tucker.